(written by Rev. Richard A Herritt)

H S W M,   I N C.


 “As a Christian, I don’t understand why I can’t live a victorious life.  I invited the Lord Jesus Christ into my life as my personal Savior.  I pray regularly.  I faithfully read my Bible and attend a Bible-believing church.  I tithe regularly.  I have wept over my sins.  I have gone to an altar of prayer many times.  I have even asked the Holy Spirit to fill me with His power.  Nothing seems to work.  I don’t feel the joy of the Lord or His power.’




Sound familiar?  It may be that you have done everything right.  The problem may be deeper than you think.  There is an answer.  Jesus says, “The thief comes to rob, kill and destroy, but I am come that you might have life, and that more abundantly” (John 10:10).


The Bible teaches us that we have an enemy – the Devil.  He hates God and he hates Christians.  If he cannot block us from being saved, he tries to rob us of peace, joy, hope, and assurance.  He delights to bring up our past sins, which Jesus has forgiven at the cross two thousand years ago.  Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us all our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness, if we confess Him as our sin bearer (I John 1:9).  If Jesus has forgiven us all our sins, then we should be able to do the same.  Why can’t we?


I have found through over 40 years of counseling, that while God has forgiven us our sins, and there is no record of our sins in the courts of heaven, there may be demon activity which still controls us.  Rock music, drugs, alcohol, rape, incest, immorality, feelings of rejection, worthlessness, rebellion, hopelessness, hate, unforgiveness, depression, and scores of negative attitudes may have been part of our life.  We have told no one of our true mental and emotional state because of fear or pride.  But in spite of intense desire to be free of such bondage, nothing seems to work.


Jesus came to set us free (John 8:36).  Bondage is not of God (Hebrews 2:15).


Jesus gave a three-fold ministry to His disciples ---- preach the gospel ---- heal the sick ---- and cast out demons (Mark 16:16-18).  It could be that because of ancestral involvement, familiar spirits are still present to hinder you.  Or you may have given ground (permission) for demons to come into your life (Ephesians 4:27).  What happens to demons when you get saved?  Do they leave?  Some may leave; others remain: hence the need for deliverance.  St. Paul instructs Christians to put on the whole armor of God to protect them.  What if we are not protected?  Satan is a ruthless destroyer.  Satan relentlessly seeks to “devour or swallow whole” even the Christians to whom Peter is writing (I Peter 5:8).


It could be that demon activity is robbing you of being what God wants you to be or what you desire to be.  This does not mean you are not saved.  Just as original sin has controlled you because of Adam’s sin, so demons may have been passed on to you.  You have inherited this bondage.  But Jesus Christ has both atoned for every one of your sins, and also He has destroyed the “works of the devil” (I John 3:8).


We are told to “test the spirits”, meaning unholy spirits (I John 4:1).  Just as there is a test for physical problems (i.e. cancer, heart disease, etc.), so there is a test to see if demonic spirits are blocking our spiritual life.  Christians are not “demon possessed”, but can be demonized in areas of the mind, will, or the body.  Negative attitudes, spirits of false doctrine, infirmity (which cause sicknesses), uncleanness, and many others can hinder our spiritual life.  When they are removed, instant release occurs.  Demons of doubt, unbelief, fear, depression and many types of negativism are very common.


I have worked with hundreds of Christians who lived in bondage for years even after they were saved.  To have a demon is no worse then having original sin, since sin and demons are passed down through the family.  Some Christians had no assurance of salvation until demons of doubt and unbelief were removed.  Manic-depressive people have been set free after years of bondage.  Many people have been set free of anger, bitterness, and violence, as a direct result of deliverance.


What must I do to be set free?


1. Ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive you of every sin, from birth until now.  Invite Him into your life.


2. Take back any ground given to Satan.


3. Command all spirits to leave in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.


4. Invite the Holy Spirit into your life in all His fullness, and to fill any areas that were controlled by unholy spirits.


 How do I do this?


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This page was last updated 08/21/12